'They're going to be great parents'

Last updated 08:46 22/05/2013
Kate Middleton
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GETTING SOME PRACTICE: The duchess speaks with children during a visit to the Naomi House children's hospice.

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She's already been described a "lioness" when it comes to her yet-to-be-born child, and members of the royal family are confident Kate Middleton is a "natural mother".

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are expecting their first child in July, and Prince William's cousin-in-law, former England rugby player Mike Tindall, is praising the way the pair are going about their preparations.

Speaking to tabloid The Daily Mirror, Tindall, who is married to Prince William's cousin Zara Philips, said William would be an "outstanding dad", while "Kate is a natural mother".

He told the Mirror the whole family was excited about the baby.

"I'm so happy for those two," he said.

"They'll be great parents."

Although the royal family are praising Kate it doesn't appear they are entirely comfortable letting her have complete control when the baby arrives.

The duchess has had to take a firm stance when it comes to decisions of how her child will be raised.

When the baby is born, it will be third in line to the British throne.

But Kate has made the "un-traditional" decision to move in with her own mother after the birth, so she can have support.

Palace officials were said to have "leaned on her heavily" to keep the heir at Kensington Palace.

Meanwhile, Queen Elizabeth is planning on gifting part of the Sandringham Estate to the royal couple when their baby arrives.

Anmer Hall in Norfolk has been earmarked by the Queen, although the pair would not be able to move in immediately, with the present tenant holding the lease for another four years.

Anmer Hall is a grade-two listed heritage building, and has been meticulously cared for. It was inhabited by the Duke and Duchess of Kent from 1979 to 1990 and has since been leased until 2017 to James Everett, who owns a kitchen and building company.

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